Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Don't Have Any Original Thoughts

My friend keeps giving me rewrite assignments, and as I am a good little boy and he is a lit prof, I keep producing.

Here are the preceding posts:

[original] "Theology Is A Deliverance Ministry"
[rewrite 1] "Going Hammer-Time On That Last Post" a bullet point breakdown
[rewrite 2] "That Just Happened" a haiku
[rewrite 3] "Leviathan" a free-verse internal monologue in a sci-fi/fantasy allegorical genre

And now this is [rewrite 4]. A textual collage consisting of scraps of several different Biblical genres.


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was chaotic and useless

For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the children of God. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly but because of God who subjected it—in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now.

God created humankind in his own image

[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it!"

[God said] "You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”

The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.” So the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”

[God said "They] must not be allowed to stretch out [their] hand and take also from the tree of life and eat."

Moses said to him... "I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”

I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you; I will take the initiative and you will obey my statutes and carefully observe my regulations.

I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us.

He said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you. How else can someone enter a strong man’s house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house.

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,
     for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him—all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers—all things were created through him and for him.
     He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him.
     He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things.
     For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son
     and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross—through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

He has destroyed what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. Disarming the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel

For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace.

For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect

The only thing that matters is a new creation!

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